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St. Andrew's Church opens doors as warming shelter

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    Margo Reich, outreach chairwoman, sorts through bedding materials at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Third Street in Elyria on Tuesday. The church is serving as an emergency warming shelter through Saturday.

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

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ELYRIA — The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for Lorain County overnight. According to the NWS Cleveland office, the wind chill temperature felt like 10 degrees below zero. And the cold weather is expected to last into the new year, with temperatures in the single digits and wind chills below zero.

Health Commissioner for Lorain County Health District Dave Covell said they are there to help anyone with heat to make sure they stay warm. He also advised residents to be careful with space heaters, which can cause fires.

“Check to see that they are plugged in properly and that there is nothing flammable around it,” he said.

For people who spend time outdoors there is a risk of frostbite. The National Weather Service website says frostbite can happen in minutes and recommends dressing in layers, covering exposed skin and to seek shelter from the wind.

As a public service in Elyria, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 300 Third St., First United Methodist Church at 312 Third St. and First United Presbyterian Church, 200 East Ave. take turns providing shelter to those in need.

St. Andrew’s Church is on this week’s rotation until Saturday. Shelters are available for overnight when the temperature is 20 degrees and below.

Margo Reich, chairwoman for St. Andrew’s Church, said the church provides a warm safe place.

“We give people a bed, blanket and a pillow,” she said. “They can freshen up and get something to start their day, like coffee or tea, before they leave, too.”

Doors open 7 to 8 p.m. Guests must leave by 6 a.m. the next morning.

Contact Cindy Breda at 329-7126 or cbreda@chroniclet.com.



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